On August 17th the Parish Walkers abandoned the idea of a healthy walk and settled for the luxury of a 2 1/2 hour cruise (pronounced crews by some) on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. We met near Theatr Brycheiniog at the canal basin and hopped aboard – all 11 of of us, one was “bard”.
Now I’m not much good at measuring mph but there were people walking faster than us on the towpath. Such luxury!
We came well prepared with sannies and wine and good conversation. There were good views of the Beacons and excellent conversation with Nigel Wynne, one of the boat staff. He should have a career on the tele. Perhaps he does!
The outward leg stopped at a marvellous feat of Georgian engineering – the Llanfrinich Aqueduct, carrying the canal over the River Usk. I am sure this must be an anglicised corruption of Brynach, a well known early Welsh saint who once spent a night in Pembrokeshire conversing with angels on top of a mountain. Perhaps he was on his holidays?
Then it was back to Theatr Brycheiniog and what entertainment! A young lady paleontologist with a tame stegosaurus. And guess what? When she asked the children his name I knew as well! No prize for me however.
Last of all Brazilian magician who could make cards dance and money come out of your ears. WOW! Bethan was transfixed.
Then all too soon it was time to go home and hit the rain at Ponty. Luckily for us in spite of the forecast it had been a dry and really lovely day. What a marvellous way for Christians to get together.
Look our for next time.
Sadly no photos at present as my camera has done a bunk.